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Who Does What: Broker Dealers | Registered Investment Advisers | Commodities/Futures Entities

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

At Fox Rothschild LLP, we have a wealth of experience in creating and forming broker-dealers, registered investment advisers, commodity entities and various hedge funds. Over the years, our strategy has been to work with our...more

Commodities Taking a Tumble – Are Prices Going Down the Drain?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I am not sure if you have been watching, but the price of oil, gold futures and platinum futures are on the decline, according to Bloomberg Markets. ...more

Additional Documentation Requirements Take Effect for Exports and Reexports of U.S. Items to and from Hong Kong

Effective today, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has implemented support documentation requirements for a significant number of commodities, technologies, and software (collectively...more

Federal Circuit Denies SHzoom's Bid to Make Trading Technologies Decision Precedential, But the Case is Still Good Law

by Fenwick & West LLP on

On Wednesday, the Federal Circuit, in a per curiam order, denied SHzoom's motion to make the Trading Technologies opinion precedential. The order of course gave no reasons for the decision. Nonetheless, the underlying...more

Blockchain and the Law - Overview of token sales and bitcoin property rights

by Perkins Coie on

On March 29, 2017, Perkins Coie partner Dax Hansen and associate Josh Boehm were invited to the Cyber Initiative at Stanford Law School to deliver a presentation on several cutting-edge legal issues relating to blockchain...more

False Statements By Money Managers Support California Commodity Law Convictions

by Allen Matkins on

In 1990, California enacted the California Commodity Law, Stats. 1990, Ch. 969, Corp. Code § 29500 et seq. Although this law hasn’t attracted the attention of legal writers, it has some very sharp teeth, as illustrated by...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Trouble at the Federal Reserve Bank of Virginia, where president Jeffrey Lacker abruptly resigned yesterday after disclosing that he had broken Fed rules in 2012 by relaying private deliberations to a financial analyst and...more

Treatment of Bitcoin Under U.S. Property Law

by Perkins Coie on

In this white paper, we analyze the treatment of bitcoin under applicable U.S. property law. We conclude that property interests should exist in bitcoin under such law, and that multiple sources of persuasive authority...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Index-fund giant State Street is putting gender diversity on corporate boards front and center, announcing this week that it will begin voting against board members charged with nominating new directors if they don’t make an...more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

by Dechert LLP on

AIFMD - ESMA Updates Q&As on the Application of the AIFMD - ESMA updated its Q&As on 16 December on the application of the AIFMD. The revised Q&As include one updated question and answer on reporting obligations by...more

Key Issues for Sellers to Consider When Selling Trade Receivables on Electronic Platforms

by Reed Smith on

Online receivables auction platforms are growing in number and prevalence, spurred by commercial and regulatory developments in the commodities and banking industries. This briefing looks at some of the high-level issues that...more

The Legal Status of Bitcoin in the United Arab Emirates

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

This is the first in a series of articles considering legal issues relating to bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and blockchain in the UAE. In this article we focus on the legal status of bitcoin and address the question of whether...more

NFA Update for Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity Trading Advisors

by Reed Smith on

On January 11, 2017, the National Futures Association issued a notice to its members regarding commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors claiming an exemption or exclusion from registration pursuant to certain...more

MiFID II/MiFIR Update

by White & Case LLP on

This update provides a snapshot of events in 2016 which has led to the current status of MiFID II and MiFIR. MiFID II/MiFIR Delayed - 17 June 2016: Council adopted legislation extending the deadline for the...more

2016 Year-End Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2016 Year-End Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this Report is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017 #3

New Acting CFTC Chairman Provides Insight Into Priorities: In a speech before SEFCON VII on January 18, J. Christopher Giancarlo, the new acting chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, laid out his priorities...more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

by White & Case LLP on

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

Commodity Trading System and Method are Patent Eligible Subject Matter Under 101

In Trading Technologies International, Inc. v. CQG, Inc., CQG LLC, FKA CQGT, LLC., [2016-1616] (January 18, 2017), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a lower court’s holding that the claims of U.S....more

"House Bill to Shake Up CFTC Rulemakings"

Less than two weeks into the new congressional session, the U.S. House of Representatives passed by a vote of 239 to 182 the Commodity End-User Relief Act1 (the Bill or House Bill), marking the first step by the new...more

Obama Administration Issues Changes to Iran Sanctions Regulations That Benefit Exporters of Medicine, Medical Devices and...

by Hogan Lovells on

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published a number of changes to the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations (“ITSR,” 31 C.F.R. Part 560) that expanded the...more

Due Diligence for Energy and Commodity Asset Acquisitions

by Reed Smith on

This alert is the first in a series focusing on mergers and acquisitions in the energy and commodities sector. Over the series, we will examine various issues that arise at key stages of the acquisition and divestment...more

CFTC Adopts Amended Position Limit Aggregation Rules – Action by Asset Managers May Be Required

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the “CFTC”) has issued amended aggregation rules for determining compliance with speculative position limits established by the CFTC in futures contracts and options thereon. The...more

Recent major amendments to the antimonopoly legislation

by Dentons on

On 1 January 2017, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Competition and State Support to Housing Development” (the Law) came into effect. The...more

Riding the Wave: England as a Hub for Soft Commodities Arbitration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

2016 will be recorded in history as a year of great political change. But the commercial consequences of such transformation (good or bad) will be felt this year, including the effects of: the inauguration of Mr Trump as...more

The IRS's Stricter(?) Stance on Regulated Investment Company Investments in Commodities - Tax Update Volume 2017, Issue 1

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

While the IRS's Proposed Regulations Are Not Yet Effective, RICs Should Carefully Consider Whether Their Portfolios or Policies Run Afoul of the New Rules. In order for a corporation to qualify as a regulated investment...more

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